Rob Hastings

Rob Hastings is Assistant News Editor at The Independent. He has served on the news desk since 2010. While working as a freelance reporter and feature writer he was also published by The Guardian, The Times and the Financial Times.

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Hospitals may curb celebrity visits

Celebrities may face restrictions on visiting patients in hospitals for fundraising and morale-raising tours after the head of the NHS reportedly called for reviews of access rules following the Jimmy Savile paedophilia scandal.

Retired bishop Peter Ball held in child sex abuse investigation

A retired bishop has been arrested over suspicions that he sexually abused children in the 1970s and 1980s.

Sytchampton Endowed First School

Teacher kills herself at village primary school

A headteacher is believed to have committed suicide by hanging herself in her office at a village primary school during a staff training day.

Bonfire night: Gone in 60 explosive seconds...

Organisers of a fireworks display in Edinburgh have apologised after a misfiring rocket set off the entire stock at once, sending the crowd running and burning a girl's face.

Two more stars could be named in Jimmy Savile scandal

Two more stars could be named in Jimmy Savile scandal

Two more as yet unnamed celebrities have reportedly been implicated in sexual abuses allegations stemming from the Jimmy Savile paedophilia scandal.

Fake IDs are OK, says Cabinet's IT chief

The head of internet security at the Cabinet Office has told people to use fake names online – leading to claims that his advice would help encourage crime.

Julian Assange: The Ecuadorian Embassy imprisonment is like 'living on a space station'

Julian Assange has compared his self-imposed imprisonment inside the Ecuadorean Embassy to being an astronaut orbiting the Earth due to the limits placed on his everyday life.

Six coffins, one family – Harlow mourns its dead

More than 400 people mourned the deaths in last week's house fire of Sabah Usmani and her five children as their funeral took place at the Harlow Islamic Centre in Essex yesterday.

Sir James Dyson filed for High Court proceedings

Come clean! Dyson accuses Bosch over R&D 'mole'

Dyson has accused Bosch of sending an industrial spy into its secret research and development centre to hoover up confidential details of its designs.

Sven-Goran Eriksson and Shobna Gulati

Now Piers Morgan’s Mirror and The People accused of phone hacking

Two more tabloid newspapers were dragged into the phone-hacking scandal last night with the former England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson among four people intending to sue the Daily Mirror and the Sunday People.

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Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
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Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone